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New Activities Directory launched
Active Canterbury and Sport Canterbury have teamed up to launch a new Activities Directory.
The directory has been added to the Greater Christchurch Sport & Recreation Guide and captures information about local classes, groups and programmes. The listings are searchable by activity type and locality, making it easy for people to connect with providers in their area.
An email invitation to join the directory was recently sent out to a large number of activity providers who have previously connected with Active Canterbury and Sport Canterbury. Activity providers who did not receive this email are also encouraged to join!
Since writing about this topic last year, a lot more research has been undertaken. Latest findings suggest that we need to think of sitting as an important part of the wider problem of physical inactivity - rather than being the “new smoking”.
Here's a summary of what the research is currently telling us:
- If long periods of sitting can't be avoided, then it's crucial to be physically active.
- Physical activity is important - no matter how many hours a day are spent sitting.
- You'd have to cut back your sitting by many hours a day to achieve the same reduced risk of dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease from doing even one or two exercise sessions a week.
- Doing at least one hour a day of physical activity a day is enough to completely offset the increased risk of death from prolonged sitting
- The first priority is to reinforce the most evidence-based message: move as often as possible, huff and puff sometimes.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is set to be on of the biggest fitness trends in 2018 according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), who annually survey exercise professionals from around the world.
HIIT typically involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Metafit is an example of a workout that is based on HIIT principles. While trainers and instructors recognise the benefits of high-intensity workouts, many are concerned with the potential for injury associated with these types of activities.
You may have wondered where the best place to put your focus is if you deliver community exercise. What are the most important things to consider when you are planning a session or delivering a class?
Local expert Kris Tynan has narrowed it down to just THREE key things. She encourages activity providers to use the following principles to guide the development and delivery of their programmes and classes:
- Get ‘em moving;
- Do no harm, and
- Create a FG factor.
We often focus on improving fitness levels and strengthening muscles when we think about exercise. However there is another key aspect that activity providers should keep in mind - the role exercise plays in building strong healthy bones. Did you know that the primary determinants of bone density over which we have control are frequency, intensity, duration and type of physical activity, as well as calcium and vitamin D intake?
According to trainer Megan Riddington: "Good bone health is often considered relevant only to older adults with their increased concerns about osteoporosis, falling and the potentially debilitating effects of breaking a bone. The fact is that bone health is important to people of all ages, and taking care of it is one of the most valuable ways of increasing quality of life in your older years".
Check out Megan Riddington's paper 'Strong bones, strong future' for more information and exercise prescription advice about how you can help your class participants and clients develop and maintain strong bones - published in the Resource Library of the Australian Fitness Network.
"Variety is the proverbial spice of a fitness programme" according to trainer John Pidgeon. Not only is it essential for creating long term participant adherence, but it’s also vital for maintaining the motivation and enthusiasm of the trainer.
Studies have reinforced the importance of variety to exercise adherence. If you’re looking to retain more clients in the new year, and to help them achieve more... it may be time to shake up their training.
According to Pidgeon, the best kind of workout variety is a diverse and challenging programme with clear options that you can adopt wholesale or configure to the needs and abilities of your clients.